I don't know that there is a generic way of codifying it that's simpler, if you want to be precise and allow others to truly understand what you are talking about. I don't see much problem in talking about FourThirds, 16x24, 645, 24x36, 6x6, 4x5, etc. Photographers usually understand what I'm referring to.
Originally Posted by LJL
But then, jumping around between a bunch of different cameras and consequent format changes gets back to the original thought I had: that people on these forums jump around between different gear at a frightening and almost silly pace.
I've settled on FourThirds format gear, been on it since 2007, and I'm quite happy with it, for my work. I don't feel I've fully exploited what it can do as yet (nor do I feel I will in the next few years), and I happen to like the balance of FoV vs DoF and the lenses available. Bodies sized from the diminutive GF1 to the pro-grade E-3 currently available, all with the same format and capable of utilizing (mostly) the same lenses, make it a good choice for me. The image quality it's produced has satisfied me, my clients, etc.
It may not be "the best" in any technical sense, but it's quite good enough. I like shooting with it, and I find so often that, presuming the equipment is 'good enough', when I concentrate on the photography instead of constantly looking for better equipment, I get better and better photographs.
..."Equipment often gets in the way of Photography." ...